Less than 24 hours after the heavy loss against the Czech Republic, Tre Kronor had to pay back.
Admittedly, the loss – and the way it came about – against lower-ranking Britain, took a heavy toll on the Swedes.
– Of course it was a huge loss, if we had won yesterday we would have been in a much better seat. But after your evening coffee, you still look ahead and see a good chance if we win the rest and then I start to recharge and focus on it, says Pudas.
After a tight stretch of the first half of the match, Bodas was also the one responsible for breaking the ice.
His 2-1 goal seven minutes into the second half got the Swedish national team playing. Prior to that, Great Britain had taken the lead through Hanhals friend Liam Kirk, the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, before Marcus Sorensen equalized in a powerplay.
Although the Swedish advantage was great throughout the match, Tre Kronor with an impressive and direct game can create great scoring opportunities only after the main goal.
Because he stopped at 4-1, the British can thank brave goalkeeper Ben Bownes. Sweden won the saves 56-14 and Bounce had 52 saves.
Mario Kembe became the top scorer with two goals when he added 3-1 after five minutes of Puda’s goal and then made 4-1 in the last period.
– We got a better result and got more movement on the goal. We talked about it before that it’s easy to just play and not get into difficult areas. “I thought we had a good balance today,” says Quimby.
The captain of the national team, Johann Garbenlov, had chosen Marcus Sorensen along with the brothers Kimpe, Adrian and Mario. Dennis Rasmussen was allowed to rest.
The newly formed series has been delivered.
– I thought it was working fine. Sörensen is completely “different” and good at gripping and releasing the disc in the correct positions. It worked well with Denise as well. I enjoyed playing with Adrian and “Sören” today, he could also do well against more difficult opponents, says Quimby.
After the loss to the Czech Republic, only necessary matches remained for Sweden in the World Cup. The first has not been verified, and now the Sweden national team has a day off on Saturday before waiting for Slovakia (Sunday) and Russia (Monday) for the group final.
Sweden doesn’t have everything in its hands – but two more wins could save the team from failing and missing out on the playoffs.
It hasn’t happened since the World Cup in Prague in 1985 and never since the current eight-team format was brought to the quarter-finals in 1992.
– We’re still alive. Pudas says he’s just to keep driving and hope two more wins will suffice.
Facts: Even Sweden made it to the playoffs
Sweden probably needs to win both games remaining and get three points as well. In this case, the team remains at 12 points. There are still quite a lot of variables in the theory, but here are the ones that in practice seem to be the most logical possibilities:
+ Go to the playoffs at the expense of Slovakia. If Sweden wins its remaining two matches in regular time, and Slovakia gets a maximum of 12 points, Tre Kronor will go to the playoffs thanks to the victory in the mutual encounters. In addition to Sweden, Slovakia also has to face Denmark and the Czech Republic.
+ Go to the playoffs at the expense of the Czech Republic. If the Czech Republic loses one of its remaining three matches, the last against neighboring Slovakia, for example, the team remains at 11 points. Tre Kronor then advances by one point in the final table if the team gets the pot. In addition to Slovakia, the Czech Republic also has to face Great Britain and Denmark.
+ Table now: Russia 9, Switzerland 9, Slovakia 9, Sweden 6, Czech Republic 5, Denmark 5, Great Britain 4, Belarus 4.